A River runs through it. It being Bangkok

Our first tourist day in Bangkok we decided to take a river cruise. Not knowing exactly what we were doing, where we were going or what to expect added to the fun. We took the SkyTrain (elevated metro) to the public pier on the river. As soon as we got off we were “presented” with options. By presented of course I mean Thai tourist pimps trying to sell us their version of a river trip. We looked at small boats like we rode on the Mehkong, a large boat which carried about 100 people, and then we found a medium sized boat that was ‘just right’. It was the slow boat too, so we did not speed past things. It was also small enough to get into the canals that spider web off the main river. These canals are where the real sights are to be found. A life style all its own. Temples and Buhdas and giant geckos, oh my.

There will not be much wordage here, this is a photo essay, so just take a peak at life in a city of 10 to 12 to ? million people, at least those of whom live on the water.

This lady was the driver of our nice slow boat. Every time I raised my camera she was nice enough to slow down even more

These gates protect the canals, and the residences on them, from flooding when the main river gets higher than normal.

"Upscale" homes along the canal. There were some really nice homes also, but they were set back too far for a good photo.

There were also these homes that reminded me of Almirante, except they did not have outhouses to crap into the river.

There were a few tourist traps along the canals, we passed on this one.

This guy, and the one in the next photo were just hanging out along the canals.

Awfully big Gecko isn't it. I think it would get eaten in Bocas.

We were told we would see a "floating market." All we got was this souvenir lady. Yes, we bought something. A miniature of her selling souvenirs!

Streat Meet canal style. We passed, but our driver ate lunch.

Come around a corner on the canal, and what do you see? Another temple.

Or another Buhda

Or a Buhda riding white elephants.

Or a really BIG Buhda.

Or a live Buhda!

We did make the stop at the Royal Barge Museum. It was pretty cool. They had a bout a dozen of these barges that date back hundreds of years.

After the river trip we visited an enclave of temples. They had two special Buhdas. This is the Buhda of luck.

And my personal favorite, the reclining Buhda. If you were born on a Monday, this is your buhda. I was not. BUT I was born on a Wednesday, and so help me the Wednesday Buhda is the Buhda of the forest!

Ok folks, thats it for this post. Tomorrow I will take you to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Stay tuned and thanks for reading. Please comment.

About forrestwalker

An expat living overseas, traveling with my wife extensively and sharing the experiences with you!.

Posted on August 16, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Buddha for Sunday (pang thawai net)- that’s me. I guess I need to find a bothi tree.
    The Sunday Buddha image is standing with arms crossed in front of the waist with the right hand covering the left hand. Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a bothi tree. The image represents a time just after Buddha obtained enlightenment when, for gratitude, he stood and admired a bothi tree for one week without blinking an eye ((net) is a formal Pali word for eye or eyes).

  2. From the novel, ‘Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior’ by Dean Barrett

    “Menam Chao Phraya, Lord of the River”

    “The river rolled leisurely under a bright blue cloud-streaked sky, from its origin far above the old capital of Ayutthaya, to its inevitable merger with the Gulf of Thailand at Paknam. Its muddy brown water carries patches of green weeds, flotsam, ferries, naval craft, heavily laden rice barges, heavily laden tourist boats and fast moving vegetable boats skillfully paddled by Thais every bit as colorful as their postcard counterparts**.”

    Or, for that matter, Forrest’s photos


  3. Are there many Buddhas in Thailand?

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